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, we have a little bit of new information. actually, just in in the last couple of minutes from nbc news on this specifically. and i want to tell you what nbc has told us. sources involved are telling nbc news that the pressure cooker bombs in boston were designed and placed to act quote like a homemade clay moor, a powerful directional antipersonnel device, so they don't spray in 360 degrees. they're directional. so these sources are telling nbc news, these and other sources, the triggering mechanism appears to have included a battery pack and a circuit board, elements of a sophisticated triggering mechanism. bo quote it appeared to be built from scratch, but with a sophisticated triggering mechanism. all bombs are crude devices and it is the way they are triggered that can be sophisticated. they functioned as designed. pressure cookers are exactly what you are thinking. they are metal cooking pots that clamp the top down tight with a tight seal allowing you to cook food faster under pressure with a normal lid like a normal pot. if it sounds like i am not a person who cooks, you're
now, former deputy of counterterrorism on the national security council, nbc news terrorism analyst, roger kresie. always good to see you. i want to pick up where pete williams left off earlier in this hour and i want to talk about the russian government and the six-month trip that he took. what do we know, first of all, about that six-month trip at this point and also what might the russian government know that we need to know? >> so, craig, i think that's going to be one of the more interesting questions that the u.s. government will be exploring in the coming days and weeks. here are the facts that we know. we know he left the united states in january of 2012. he went to russia, came back in june of 2012 and immediately after that started to post some of these extremist images and thoughts and tweets and videos online. the russians came to us in 2011 and asked the fbi to look at the older brother to see if we had any information on him. when we passed back that we didn't, we never heard anything else from the russians once we gave them that answer. so russian security, the fsb, i
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